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Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani was born on 5 June, 1943, in Munger district of Bihar. He received traditional Islamic education. He became the Sajjada Nashin of Khanquah Rahmani Munger in 1991 after the death of his father, Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani.

He played a vital role in the movement of All India Muslim Personal law Board since 1972 and currently serves as the Acting General Secretary of the Board and head of its “Majlis-e ‘Amal” [Action Committee]. He served as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Council from 1974 to 1996. He is a member of the Central Waqf Council of the Government of India and a member of the Aligarh Muslim University Court.  In 1976, he brought in 19 amendments to the Bihar State Wakf Act. As member of the Urdu Advisory Committee of Bihar, he played a pivotal role in the adoption of Urdu as the state’s second language. He was also a member of the Haj Goodwill Mission in 1989. He served as the Deputy Chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council from 1984 to 1990.

Maulana Rahmani served as the Vice President of the All India Muslim Mujlis-e Mushawarat from 1990 to 1995 and again from 1995 to 1999. He also serves as the Naib Ameer-e Shariat of Bihar, Orissa and Jharkand. He is the founder and chairman of Rahmani Foundation.  

He served as the Vice President of Maulana Azad Education Foundation. He also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Minority Education as well as a member of Monitoring Committee of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.  

He was the Chairman of the Madrasa Modernisation Committee of the Government of India, and his work has been a catalyst for change in madrasas. As the president of Rahmani Foundation, he has partnered with several organisations, including the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. Under his leadership, 202 Rahmani maktabs and female education centres have been established so far.

As a writer, he has authored more than 11 books and booklets and over three hundred published essays on subjects ranging from spirituality to assessment of a High Court verdict and against female infanticide. He published Eisar Urdu daily in Bihar. He also served as a teacher of Islamic law, Hadith literature and Arabic studies at the Jamia Rahmani.  Later he served as its Secretary of Education and is its President since 1991. He has been a recipient of several awards. In 2009, he received Bharat Joyti Award and in 2010 he was honoured with Rajiv Ghandhi Excellence Award. He also received the Sir Syed Award in 2011.

Maulana Rahmani is the Chairman of the Islamic Investment & Finance Board, Bombay. He is also the trustee of the Imarat-e Shariah Educational & Welfare Trust, Al Ma’hd-ul-Aali-al-Islami, Phulwari Sharif, Patna and a trustee of the Federation for Civil Liberties, New Delhi. He is the Sajjada Nashin of Khanqah Rahmani at Munger since 1991. He has visited more than 39 countries. (From The Stalwarts, comp. & ed by Zafarul-Islam Khan)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2016 on page no. 12

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